Category: casual

I don't care if I ever ride again.

I don't care if I ever ride again.
Saturday, I went for a training ride with my buddy Todd. Our goal for that day was 60 miles. The temps were expected to be in the 90’s and a brisk SE wind to boot. Usually, if I know winds are going to be greater than thirteen mile per hour gusts, I don’t ride. I... Read more »

5 tips for surviving a long ride

If you’re cycling, you no doubt have wanted to go long. Maybe racing isn’t for you and you just want to take it slow and easy but yet still cover some miles. I have done four long events, and I want to share with you what I learned in participating in these events: 5 tips... Read more »

When training becomes difficult

I’ve been riding now for about 3 years, and each year I usually ride for an event that is lengthy. When training becomes difficult for various reasons, I struggle to stay focused and dedicated. It’s not that I lose interest in riding, I just have those days where getting on the bike is so hard,... Read more »

So there is this thing called a blog

So there is this thing called a blog, and I’ve been absent, as you might have noticed. Partly because I’ve lost interest in writing and riding. Funny how those are similar in the audible sense. It’s just that time of year, I guess and my current physical state really hasn’t gotten any better. If anything,... Read more »

When an obstacle can be a good thing

My wife and I have been training for a local charity ride called The Pumpkin Pedal. It’s sponsored by the Special Olympics of Illinois, and it’s a nice way to give back to those who need it. It’s also a family fun event. During this training, we have been doing well and staying on track. I’m... Read more »

4 easy tips to stay on track with your training

4 easy tips to stay on track with your training
Face it, we’ve all been there before. You need to lose a few pounds, or you just want to start getting in shape, and you’re all gung-ho in the beginning, but then you find yourself back at the beginning: nothing lost, possibly more gained. So I’ve created a list: 4 easy tips to stay on... Read more »

3 ways to overcome depression during training

We’ve all been there. Cruising right along, then WHAM! Everything comes to a grinding halt. Depression kicks in and totally ruins your “groove”. There are several types of depression, I am no master of any knowledge, but I have found 3 ways to overcome depression during training. 1. Diet This can be the biggest factor... Read more »

This is how I accidentally became a cyclist again

I was awoken with a gentle whisper and a touch on my shoulder from my bride, “Honey, it’s time to get up”. I open my eyes to see the clock read 5:00. She had gotten up early to make me a breakfast of peanut butter toast and poured my coffee just the way I like... Read more »

Document your progress and share it on social media.

May of 2012
Document your progress and share it on social media. You will be glad you did. Social media has it’s good points and bad points. Honestly, some people don’t like to see others progress in whatever they post about; cycling, running, weight loss, etc. However, snapping those pics and posting them Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or whatever app you... Read more »

I want to be able to climb like Chris Horner

While sitting on the couch, healing from a lower back injury, again, I was flipping through my You Tube subscriptions and came across a video of the last 20 km in stage 20 of the 2013 Vuelta A Espana. Chris Horner, who rides for Trek /Team Leopard/Radio Shack/Nissan was leading, and I watched as he... Read more »